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Webinar: Health and Hydraulic Fracturing

May 14, 2014

Physicians for Social Responsibility is pleased to invite you to our three-part webinar series on Health and Hydraulic Fracturing. The webinars, each featuring an outstanding expert in the field, will provide sound scientific knowledge for health professionals and others concerned about the potential harms to health and the environment from unconventional gas and oil extraction.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 7:00 pm EDT:

"Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing," with Anthony R. Ingraffea, Ph.D.

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Anthony R. Ingraffea, Ph.D., is a professor of engineering at Cornell University, where his research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.   He’s best known as co-author of a 2011 scientific paper that labeled the methane emissions from shale gas a potentially greater danger for the Earth’s climate than coal.  Dr. Ingraffea also serves on the board of directors of Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE). 

Professor Ingraffea was a member of the first group of Presidential Young Investigators named by the National Science Foundation in 1984. For his research achievements he has won the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics "1994 Significant Paper Award" for one of five most significant papers in the category of Computational/Analytical Applications in the past 20 years, and he has twice won the National Research Council/U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics Award for Research in Rock Mechanics (1978, 1991). His group won a NASA Group Achievement Award in 1996, and a NASA Aviation Safety Turning Goals into Reality Award in 1999 for its work on the aging aircraft problem. He became a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1991.

He was named Co-Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics in 2005, received the ASTM Irwin Award for meritorious contributions to the practice of fracture mechanics in 2006, and was named a Fellow of the International Congress on Fracture in 2009. In 2011, TIME Magazine named him one of its "People Who Mattered."

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